Keith Jarrett: After the Fall

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Keith Jarrett: After the Fall

Keith Jarrett

After the Fall

Label: ECM
Media: CD
Genre: Jazz
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This 1998 document of Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette came after the pianist’s two-year recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A 2-CD set, it shows Jarrett in good humor and with an urge to swing. During the 15-minute ice-breaker that kicks off his comeback concert, “The Masquerade Is Over,” you can tell Jarrett’s having fun as he nonchalantly drops in quotes from Jack Benny’s theme song (“Love in Bloom”), “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” and “Jeepers Creepers.” He also delivers blazing renditions of Charlie Parker’s “Scrapple from the Apple,” Bud Powell’s “Bouncing with Bud,” and John Coltrane’s “Moment’s Notice,” then dips into a bluesy Hank Garland bag on an earthy reading of Sonny Rollins’ “Doxy.” The trio gets funky on “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” with Jarrett flaunting his trademark gospel-influenced groove heard on such early 70s landmarks as Expectations and Treasure Island. More subdued offerings like the trio’s gorgeous take on “Old Folks” and “When I Fall in Love” show uncommon empathy along with a shared sense of exploration. After the Fall is a real gem by an uncanny trio.

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  • primary artist, Keith Jarrett

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